For the last couple of years interior design was largely influenced by geometric patterns. Geometric shapes, such as circles, triangles, pyramids and squares, are showing up everywhere in the house – wallpapers, mirrors, furniture, upholstery and rugs to name a few. Such shapes fit well into modern décor and go great with bold colors, but also with gentle pastels. When incorporated right, they can look amazing even in more traditional designs. In the living room, geometry-inspired décor may be just an interesting way to add visual interest to the space. In the kids’ room, it is so much more. Let us go through the benefits of introducing shapes in kids’ room décor and see how you can implement them.
THE IMPORTANCE OF UNDERSTANDING SHAPES
Have you ever wondered why the first things we teach kids are shapes and colors, and not, let’s say, letters and numbers? Both colors and shapes are very noticeable features of the world that surrounds us. Shapes are easy to identify and categorize. Their characteristics are teaching kids to define and organize everything that is around them. Understanding shapes is the foundation to many other important skills, such as logic, math, science, spatial orientation, perspective and even creative expression.
THE PERKS OF SHAPING UP THE KID’S ROOM
So, why should you introduce shapes into your youngsters’ room? It’s simple – you will surround them with valuable learning resources within their reach, plus you’ll design a great-looking environment for growing up. Children begin to make connections between objects and shapes in their earliest stage, and gradually integrate new shapes into their knowledge. The observation of same and different (e.g. triangles on the wall and circles on the rug) provides kids with a basic process they’ll be able to use in identifying, observing and judging everything they encounter.
IDEAS FOR GEOMETRY INSPIRED DESIGN
There are so many different ways to include shapes into your kids’ room, so don’t stick around on only one. The more different shapes for identifying and learning, the better. Here are a few of them to spark your imagination.
Paint the walls – Use two or more colors to paint the walls. Divide them (use painter’s tape) into several geometric shapes (the simplest are triangles, squares and rectangles). Just don’t overdo it, if you don’t want to create an overwhelmed look that is stressful for the eyes. Choose one accent wall to unleash your inner Pythagoras.
Wallpaper – It’s as simple as it gets – wallpapers with lines, squares, circles, pyramids, triangles, etc. are eye-catching and easy to find.
Rugs – Rugs and carpets are perfect for introducing geometry to kids. Not only are they themselves in a certain noticeable shape (rectangle or circle), but they also come in various geometric patterns. Plus, kids usually play on the floor, so they will be in touch with shapes all the time.
Bedding – fairytale-themed bedding may seem as a better idea for kids, but shapes are timeless and resistant to age.
Furniture and accessory items – from shelves to wall clocks and toys, everything is made in some shape and when they are geometrical they are easier to identify.
To make the shapes easier to recognize and remember you could also pair them up with different colors.
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